Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bamboo Can Be Used To Make 'Green' Products

Bamboo: The Green Renewable Resource

Bamboo: An Earth-Friendly Alternative

Bamboo, unlike traditional hardwoods, is a sustainable resource that can be grown quickly, easily, and without the use of pesticides or heavy fertilizers. In fact, it is the fastest growing plant (grass) in the world. The more you cut it the faster it grows as it has a rhizome root system that spreads rapidly. And it regenerates 25 times faster than a conventional hardwood forest. Another upside is that it fights CO2 emissions as it grows by releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. Each and every acre of bamboo "eats up" 9,600 pounds of carbon dioxide.

Bamboo is considered a sustainable resource because it grows faster than any other plant on earth. Various types of this woody grass can grow 3 feet or more per day. When grown commercially, it is grown like other horticultural crops and harvested annually. Bamboo regenerates without replanting and requires minimal fertilization and planting. It is also an important economic resource in less developed countries, improving the quality of life of those that are involved in the commercial growth and distribution.

Bamboo as a Building material fencing is made of Tonkin cane from southeast China, and has the strength equivalent to Cedar wood. Unlike hardwoods which can take 15-20 years to mature, bamboo matures in 3-4 years and has a higher tensile strength than many alloys of steel.

New Green Bamboo Products from

100% organic Moso Bamboo Rugs -- Extremely durable and beautiful, these rugs can be used on all types of surfaces including hardwood, carpet, tile and cement floors.

Natural Bamboo Tambor Paneling -- Like most matting products, they look great when attached to walls, and ceilings. Designers use this product to produce beautiful countertops and tables when resins are applied over them. A cloth backing adds to the ease of applying construction cement, or wallpaper glues when attaching to various materials.

Thatch and Umbrella Kits -- Thatch roofing is one of the oldest forms of roofing known. Thatch is renewable, fast growing and earth-friendly. carries coco palm thatch roof panels from Mexico (also known as palapas), cape reed panels from Africa, and thatch panels from Fiji., one of the largest distributors of bamboo, tikis, and thatch in the United States, is offering new, green bamboo products to eco-friendly consumers.Bamboo and Tikis is a Backyard X-Scapes Company which operates from a 65,000 square foot facility in San Diego, CA. They are one of the largest providers of outdoor and backyard related products in the western United States.

[Note: The Center does not endorse BambooandTikis or any of its products. This information is presented as an educational tool only]

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